A Wonderful Wife (1922)

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This Universal drama needed a star with stronger acting capabilities than Miss DuPont (DuPont was a discovery of Erich Von Stroheim, which shows that his eye for talent sometimes missed the mark). Because she takes such a strong interest in his career, Captain Alaric Lewin (Vernon Steele) calls his wife (DuPont) "Chum." He is sent to work for Commissioner Gregory (Landers Stevens) on Key Island, off the coast of Africa. In hopes of winning her husband a promotion, Chum proceeds to vamp Gregory, while Diana Churton (Ethel Ritchie), a bored officer's wife, proceeds to flirt with Lewin. Chum's plan works too well -- Gregory falls so hard for her that when he receives orders from England to send Lewin to a better post in Malta, he sends him to the darkest part of Africa instead, hoping he'll never come back. Diana spills the beans on Gregory's plan, and Chum heads for the interior with a group of armed guards to bring her husband back. Gregory goes after her and is killed by hostile natives.

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death, extramarital-affair, husband, jungle, love, mission [quest], rescue, wilderness